What does the word edify mean?

    Part of speech: present participle

  • Edifying.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To build up, as in religion; improve.

Usage examples for edify

  1. It seemed to me that he was desirous to edify me with a specimen of his authority; at any rate the cruelty was horrible." – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  2. This was seldom written, at first, for the mere entertainment of the reader; it was meant to entertain him, of course; but it was meant to edify him, too, and to improve him; and some such intention is still present in it. – Literature and Life by William Dean Howells
  3. His object was to edify, to place in contrast with, and in opposition to, the worldly and unbelieving spirit of the time the teachings and the solemn offices of religion, together with the power of holiness, so admirably shown forth in the lives and glory of the saints. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson